Meet the therapists...
We believe creativity is a key human resource for growth and change. Our aim is to provide a compassionate, therapeutic environment in which the creativity of each individual is given room and encouragement to flourish and flow freely. Within a supportive therapeutic relationship, children, teens, and adults are able to draw on their own creative potential in order to move in a desired direction of development or change. Needs commonly addressed through creative arts therapies include emotional well being, stress management, focus and joint attention, communication skills, relationship issues, social skills, coping with change and loss, working through trauma, recovering from addiction, and strengthening a positive sense of self. We are active in providing supervision and training for creative arts therapists and all those in the helping professions who are seeking to incorporate creative approaches within their work. As board certified creative arts therapists, we collectively have over 30 years of experience in promoting growth and healing through engagement in the arts.
Amy Clarkson, MMT, LCAT, MT-BC, CP/PAT
Board-Certified Music Therapist and Certified Practitioner of Psychodrama
Creative Flow Therapy Services LLC
Amy has over 20 years of clinical experience in music therapy, including work with children, adolescents, and adults who face social-emotional challenges following domestic violence or related trauma, children with neurodevelopmental challenges, such as autism spectrum disorder, children and adults with physical disabilities, such as cerebral palsy or spina bifida, and adults with mental illness. As an adjunct faculty member within the music therapy program at Montclair State University, Amy provides music therapy education, supervision, and training. A certified psychodramatist since 2002, Amy actively incorporates psychodrama theory and techniques into her work. She provides psychodrama training in New Jersey and in New York, holding the Licensed Creative Arts Therapist (LCAT) credential in New York State. Amy believes that nurturing the innate spontaneity and creativity of each individual is essential to the therapeutic process of growth and healing. She is the owner of Creative Flow Therapy Services LLC, and co-founder of the Creative Flow Therapy Program.
(See our Resources page for further information about music therapy and psychodrama.)
Erica Bogart MA, ATR-BC
Creative Journeys Therapy LLC
Erica has had nine years experience in the creative arts therapy field, through internships and professional occupations in a variety of settings working with children, teens, and adults. Her work has focused on working with children, adolescents, and adults who have experienced trauma, social-emotional struggles, and behavioral challenges. She believes utilizing the creative art process is a self-paced journey towards healing that increases self-awareness, develops healthy coping skills, gains empowerment, and encourages emotional growth.
Erica Bogart is the owner and art therapist for the Creative Journeys LLC and co-founder of Creative Flow Therapy program. She is a board-certified art therapist. Erica graduated from Caldwell College with her Masters in Counseling Psychology with a specialization in Art Therapy. She is currently working towards her LPC credentials.
(See our Resources page for further information about art therapy)
Barbara McKechnie, MA, LPC, LCAT, RDT/BCT, CP/PAT
Licensed Professional Counselor, Registered Drama Therapist, Certified Psychodramatist
Barbara is a drama therapist and psychodramatist who has worked with
children, adolescents and adults on both inpatient and partial hospital
settings. She is the past president of the North American Drama Therapy Association (NADTA) and of the New Jersey Association for Creativity in Counseling (NJACC ). Barbara has served as a faculty member at
New School University in NYC. She currently works as a consultant, psychodrama trainer and in private practice in NY and NJ. She is active on the NJ Taskforce for Licensure of Drama Therapy and Dance Movement Therapy.